More solar installers are now adding on home energy monitoring services

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Mentioned in our top storylines from SPI is the solar + storage + home automation space finally taking shape. While the full suite is officially here (via Sonnen), the demand isn’t there yet. A key step in that direction though is the proliferation of more home energy monitoring systems that engage and empower homeowners.

For example, more and more solar installers are diversifying their business by installing Sense, an intelligent home energy monitor that interprets the power usage and activity of devices in the home. More than 50 solar partners have joined the Sense partner program in over two dozen states and Canadian provinces where homeowners are embracing solar power.

The Sense home energy monitor tracks the power usage and activity of individual devices in the home, monitoring solar production and comparing it to home energy usage with overlaid graphs and historical trends. Home owners can instantly see their trends, adjust energy consumption, and find ways to become more efficient.

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For homeowners who are considering solar panels, Sense engages homeowners in analyzing their energy needs, giving them greater confidence in their decisions about the solar proposal. For their part, installers can develop more accurate proposals. Once the solar installation is live, homeowners can see how much energy they are producing compared to energy usage on a real-time basis in the Sense app. They can manage their home’s energy consumption daily, weekly and monthly, set goals and create alerts, making their investment more valuable in both the short and long term.

“Sense educates our customers about energy conservation in conjunction with getting solar,” said Amy Olsen, Director of Marketing with Wells Solar & Electrical Services in Texas. “Every Wells Solar customer gets a Sense with their solar installation. On our end, it gives us the ability to view energy usage if a customer has questions about their bill. We selected Sense over other energy monitors for its easily understood customer interface.”

The Sense partner program offers a variety of benefits including wholesale discounts, installation training and support, a fleet management dashboard so that solar partners can collaborate with homeowners on their energy usage, and the ability for partners to share branded content through Sense’s highly engaging app interface.

“Since adding Sense as a partner, we’re noticing our closing percentages increase and our customers are about as excited to get Sense installed as they are solar itself,” said Keith Murphy, President, Rising Sun Solar in Hawaii. “Sense provides a necessary tool on the back end to verify our production against the homeowner’s consumption and our original production estimates.”

— Solar Builder magazine

AlsoEnergy continues to merge solar monitoring space — adds Locus Energy

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The ceremonial passing of the binder.

The ink was barely dry on the news of AlsoEnergy’s acquisition of Draker when word came out that AlsoEnergy is now merging with Locus Energy, a solar monitoring and data analytics provider delivering solutions across the residential, commercial, and utility sectors. The transaction enhances AlsoEnergy’s ability to deliver end-to-end solutions across all geographies and market segments and affirms AlsoEnergy as a global leader in renewable energy asset monitoring and control.

“Locus Energy is a strong complement to our solutions portfolio,” said Bob Schaefer, Chief Executive Officer of AlsoEnergy. “Throughout 2018, we have made strategic investments to consolidate best-of-breed technologies that can be integrated through our unified back-end platform to create an end-to-end industry leading portfolio. The consolidation of these historically disparate systems creates strong value for our customers, including comprehensive portfolio aggregation across all modes of energy generation as well as unified reporting and metrics across all platforms.”

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Under the terms of the agreement, AlsoEnergy will continue to lead the business, with Locus Energy’s prior owner, Genscape, retaining a minority equity stake in the combined entity.
”We are excited to join the AlsoEnergy family,” said Michael Herzig, Chief Executive Officer of Locus Energy. “Together, the combined business will be able to better meet our customers’ evolving needs and enable greater support throughout the entire project lifecycle, with support and engineering resources deployed around the world.”

“The addition of Locus strengthens our leadership position as the most innovative and complete solution provider in the market,” continued Schaefer. “The combined portfolio will give our customers the ability to further streamline operations and achieve the highest levels of performance, efficiency and profitability, using a single technology platform while retaining the best attributes and stakeholder views from each system.”

In addition, the integration of Locus Energy’s customer service and engineering support center will strengthen AlsoEnergy’s global service organization and will enable the delivery of world-class around-the-clock support, seven days a week.

— Solar Builder magazine

AlsoEnergy purchases Draker and is transitioning customers to its platform

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We couldn’t locate a news announcement about this, but according to an email sent to Draker customers, Draker is now a part of AlsoEnergy.

“AlsoEnergy has signed a letter of intent to purchase the assets of Draker Energy, including intellectual property, customer lists, and source code. AlsoEnergy is now the only supplier of Draker products, services, and support.”

The email to Draker customers noted the following as part of the Draker Continuity Program:

• Continued login access for Draker customers at https://draker.us
• Uninterrupted data collection and agency reporting related to Draker monitored assets
• AlsoEnergy will honor all previously paid monitoring license terms and agency reporting agreements
• Free migration to AlsoEnergy’s PowerTrack platform for all Draker sites, including historical data and configurations along with training and support
• Full integration of the Draker support team with the AlsoEnergy support team
o Please note the new phone number: 866.303.5668 x2

AlsoEnergy is migrating all Draker sites, data, and configurations to the PowerTrack Platform. In addition, Draker customers will have access to the full suite of PowerTrack features and capabilities such as advanced PV modeling and analytics, dashboards, and a wide range of standard queries and reports.

As part of the Draker Continuity Program:

• AlsoEnergy will honor existing orders accepted by Draker as of 7/3/2018 for Draker monitoring and hardware.
• All legacy Draker sites will continue to operate on the Draker platform until AlsoEnergy completes site migration to the AlsoEnergy PowerTrack Platform.
• AlsoEnergy will work with Draker customers to upgrade cellular modems to the latest 4G networks to enhance security and performance as needed.
• AlsoEnergy will work with Campbell Scientific to honor all Campbell Scientific data logger warranties.
• Certain Draker features, such as customer dashboards, DBS4, and the SPT String Optimizer, are subject to additional review. We encourage you to contact AlsoEnergy to discuss in further detail.
• Replacement hardware will be available for purchase through AlsoEnergy.

— Solar Builder magazine

Solar monitoring giants AlsoEnergy, skytron form strategic global partnership

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AlsoEnergy, a leading provider of solar monitoring solutions in North America, and skytron energy, a European leader in the monitoring and control of utility-scale solar energy assets, have formed a strategic partnership to strengthen global sales and support for the companies’ combined 14 GW of solar PV assets under management.

Providing complete monitoring, management, and control solutions for PV power plants, AlsoEnergy has built a strong presence in North America while skytron has established international presence in Europe, North America, and the Asia Pacific (APAC) region.

“This strategic relationship creates a global partnership, enabling sales and support coverage to surpass customer expectations for commercial, industrial, and utility-scale solutions. Increased global demand for solar PV monitoring and control and the industry’s requirement for the reduction of O&M costs have brought AlsoEnergy and skytron energy together to deliver this industry-leading integrated solution,” said Robert Schaefer, Chief Executive Officer of AlsoEnergy. “This partnership demonstrates AlsoEnergy’s focus on strengthening our global portfolio of best-in-class performance management products, services, and support.”

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Global PV installations are expected to top 100 GW for the first time in 2018, with numerous gigawatt-scale markets throughout the APAC region, North America, and Europe. To help companies manage increasingly diversified portfolios, this partnership enables AlsoEnergy and skytron energy to drive down solar O&M costs and streamline operations on a global scale.

“Together, skytron energy and AlsoEnergy bring extensive experience, expertise, and innovation, positioning both companies as global market leaders in a rapidly changing energy sector. We look forward to pioneering further growth while continuing to safeguard our customers’ renewable energy investments,” said skytron energy CEO Francisco Baraona.

— Solar Builder magazine

Soligent partners with Chilicon Power for grid-support inverter, monitoring solutions

Soligent Distribution, the leading distributor of solar equipment in the United States, has partnered with Chilicon Power, a tech-forward designer and manufacturer of grid-support inverter and monitoring solutions, to expand its quality product menu.

Soligent, a pure play solar distributor, financier and technology platform supplies over 5,000 solar installers with best-in-class panels, inverters, racking and balance of systems across the U.S. and over 45 countries. Soligent is eager to partner with Chilicon Power in part due to the CP100 gateway monitoring system created so customers can view and manage their solar power systems 24 hours a day from the comfort of anywhere in their home. Soligent is dedicated in providing its customers with high quality products and Chilicon Power has met and exceeded that standard. Together, Soligent and Chilicon Power strive toward a brighter, clean-tech future.

“We believe in providing quality products to our customers and Chilicon Power has met and exceeded our standards,” said Thomas Enzendorfer, President at Soligent, “We look forward to a long and successful partnership with them.”

“Soligent and Chilicon share similar visions for the evolution of inversion and monitoring systems and we are pleased to partner with them”, commented Alexandre Kral and Dr. Christopher R. Jones, Co-Founders of Chilicon Power.

— Solar Builder magazine